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It could be goodbye Twitter soon as Mastodon has arrived to heat up the competition!
If you're not already on Mastodon, go check it out right now as it launches with resources good enough to take over the world, with a particular focus on Twitter. For those of you who've never heard of Mastodon, it's been around since last October but only really caught on with micro-bloggers in the past week.

Mastodon launched to become an "actually viable alternative to Twitter" as a software for web-based federated microblogging. The flagship at mastodon.social is open source and has numerous independent online instances.

Users on Mastodon will be able to post status messages up to 500-characters and will also have options of uploading images, use topic tags and additionally link/mention other users. Theses statuses will be called 'toots'. 'Toots', 'Tweets' – look like serious plans of 'slaying Twitter'?

Like I said, Mastodon owing to its federated nature, has numerous Mastodon sites or 'instances' as they're being called. Time to update your repertoire of digi-age jargon, isn't it?

What is interesting to note is that Mastodon is a collaborative effort of several distraught and disillusioned Twitter users who were looking to leave the platform. Go on Mastodon and you can expect a strong somewhat Left-oriented ideological presence as you stumble upon animal rights activists and anti-capitalists.

Micro-bloggers on Mastodon using any instance can also view posts made by those using all other connected instances. Mastodon is not exclusive to any individual or company owning any singular server. Contrarily, numerous servers owning separate sets of users will be able to follow and also connect with other servers in the network and their own exclusive users.

The Mastodon user interface is one that is very highly customized and employs immense user control. Only followers will be able to see posts as these 'toots' can be protected individually where followers have to be approved by users. Options of adding or dismissing content warnings can be used for posts so as to hide the content of the post. Mastodon also includes very well built blocking options where a user will be able to hide posts, re-blog them as well as other posts that have any mention of them.

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